“Storage and efficacy will be the main focus of the run and this will prepare the State to administer vaccines even a day after receiving them from the Centre,” he said, during an inspection of a Government medical drug store at Periyamet.
The Health Secretary said that the vaccine will be administered first to health care workers, then to frontline workers, followed by senior citizens before the general adult population has access.
“We are making preparations on vaccine administration, room preparation, social distancing measures, and time between administrations so that at least a 100 people can receive the vaccination at the same time. The Union Government has allotted 33 lakh syringes to Tamil Nadu of which 28 lakh have been received and 17 lakh are already available in the state. These syringes will be distributed accordingly,” said Radhakrishnan.
He also stated that 51 walk-in storage facilities are ready to store the vaccine. Nearly 47,000 vaccination sites have been prepared, among which 3,000 have been identified for vaccinating six lakh healthcare workers.
“All these measures are to ensure we can start administering the vaccine just a day after receiving them from the Centre. We are awaiting their decision on transportation of the vaccine. An online meeting will be held with the Union Health Secretaries on the decision of how we shall go ahead from there in a few days’ time,” Radhakrishnan said.